The Pirates punch their ticket for the district championship, while the Panthers' season comes to a sudden end in action Friday night.

The Hannibal Pirates beat Moberly for the second time this season, knocking off the Spartans 49-14.

Shamar Griffith had another big night for the Pirates with 17 carries for 170 yards and four touchdowns.

Hannibal faces another rematch in the championship game next Friday, with Jeff City Helias coming to Porter Stadium.

Meanwhile, in Macon, the Palmyra Panthers mounted a fourth-quarter comeback, but fell short in overtime, losing their district semi final to the undefeated Tigers 28-21.

The Panthers trailed 21-7 going into the fourth quarter, but an 18 yard run by Clayton Hudson and a one yard run by Brock Malone tied the score with 4:39 to go in regulation. In the overtime, Macon's quarterback Nolan Bright scored on their first play on a 25 yard run, the Panthers could not answer with a score of their own and their season ended.

Hudson ended the night with 135 yards on 19 carries, with Peyton Plunkett carrying 28 times for 124 yards. Bright led the Tigers in rushing with 11 carries for 126 yards, while passing for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Macon will entertain Centralia Friday night in the district championship. The Panthers beat Clopton/Elsberry 46-16 Friday night.

In other scores, Mark Twain beat Scotland County 43-41, Monroe City edged South Shelby 28-22 and North Shelby lost to SW Livingston County 66-14.

West central Illinois teams open their post season Saturday afternoon, with Illini West at Unity/Payson, Willowbrook at Quincy High, Greenfield/Northwestern at Brown County and St. Thomas More at West Hancock.